Monthly Archives: November 2016

CARI Tanzania partners exchange ideas in national learning event

The CARI 2016 national workshop was organized by Kilimo Trust to provide CARI partners as well as stakeholders of the rice value chain to share their valuable experiences. Throughout the one day workshop key challenges were addressed as well as way forwards to generate further investments in the rice sector in Tanzania.

Follow the link for the full workshop report including lessons learnt and presentations on mechanization, rice markets and consumer preferences, rice processing and policy.

GOOD PRACTICES FOR EXTENSION AND ADVISORY SERVICES

Extension advisory services (EAS) support smallholders to improve the productivity and efficiency of their farms and to take decisions on the outlook of their business. Extension advisory services include not only government extension services, but also services organised and funded by private companies along their supply chains – for example, a food processor or a commodity aggregator may establish an out grower scheme and employ its own extension agents.

Both public and private EAS assist smallholders to improve production of one or a few lead crops, which are either exported (e.g. cacao, coffee, spices, cotton) or consumed as staples in local diets (e.g. rice, wheat, sorghum, potatoes). These crops generate comparatively high profit margins and enjoy significant market demand. By supporting their production and linking smallholders to markets, EAS contribute to increasing the incomes of rural populations.

However, the smallholders and households addressed by EAS are not only cash poor. They are often food insecure and suffer chronic or acute forms of malnutrition. This impacts on the physical and cognitive growth of children, and reduces productivity and the ability of household members to carry out agricultural work.

Lacking or highly variable income is one cause of food insecurity and malnutrition. But higher incomes do not automatically translate into improved nutrition. Poor eating habits, lack of knowledge about good nutrition practices, and limited access to diverse food items are other important determinants. Even when incomes are rising, households might prioritise expenditures that are not relevant to improving nutrition (e.g. communication, mobility).

This is why EAS need to identify and address the nutritional needs of rural households and to mainstream nutrition-sensitive messages in their service provision. This note reviews selected instruments that EAS can use for this purpose.

Please follow the link for the full note : cari-good-practice-note-for-extension-and-advisory-services

 

CARI successfully held it’s 7th semi-annual Stakeholder Conference in Ouagadougou, 9th of November

7e conférence des acteurs de la filière riz : Un cadre de partage d’expériences en matière de promotion de la filière en Afrique

Une importante rencontre des acteurs de la filière riz s’est ouverte le mercredi 9 novembre 2016, à Ouagadougou sous la présidence du représentant du ministre de l’agriculture et des aménagements hydrauliques, Moussa Maïga.

7e conférence des acteurs de la filière riz : Un cadre de partage d’expériences en matière de promotion de la filière en Afrique

 

 

 
Ce cadre de concertation international a été initié par le programme développement de l’agriculture de la Coopération technique Allemande (GIZ), dans le sillage du projet Competitive african rice initiative (CARI). Un projet financé par le ministère fédéral allemand de la coopération économique et du développement et la Fondation Bill et Melinda Gates. Sa finalité est d’améliorer de façon significative les moyens de subsistance des petits exploitants agricoles au Ghana, Nigéria, Tanzanie et au Burkina Faso. Pour ce dernier pays, quatre promoteurs, à savoir, la rizerie Wend Yam de Bobo, l’Union nationale des étuveuses de riz du Burkina, la rizerie Faso malo de Bama et la rizerie Wend Konta de Bagré ont effectivement été retenus comme bénéficiaires du projet. Et chacun de ces promoteurs est porteur d’un « Matching Project », subventionné à 40%, et la contrepartie de 60% financée par chaque promoteur.

La rencontre d’échanges de Ouagadougou se veut être un cadre de partage d’expériences en matière de promotion de la filière riz en Afrique. C’est également le lieu de faire le bilan à mi-parcours de la mise en œuvre du projet CARI. Etaient présents, des représentants de la Fondation Bill et Melinda Gates, de la coopération Allemande et de la Fondation John A. Kufuor, venus des Etats-Unis, d’Allemagne, des Pays-Bas, de Tanzanie, du Niger, du Sénégal, du Ghana et du Burkina Faso.

Au Burkina Faso, parmi les céréales cultivées, le riz occupe la 4ème place, a relevé le représentant du ministre de l’agriculture et des aménagements hydrauliques, Moussa Maïga. La valeur ajoutée du riz est estimée à 8 milliards de F CFA avec une production nationale de riz paddy de plus de 325 tonnes. Malgré cette hausse récente de la production, les importations de riz ont connu une augmentation dont le montant a excédé 38 milliards de F CFA depuis 2011, a-t-il soutenu. La production nationale ne couvre que seulement 37% des besoins de consommation. Paradoxalement, le pays dispose du potentiel aménageable en bas-fonds et en périmètre irrigués estimés respectivement à 233 500 et 500 000 hectares pour la production rizicole. C’est au regard de cette situation que le Programme développement de l’agriculture a décidé depuis 2010, d’accompagner et de promouvoir la filière riz.

Et l’occasion de cette conférence internationale des acteurs de la filière riz a été saisie, dira M. Maïga, pour saluer non seulement l’approche de la GIZ basée sur la promotion du secteur privé et de l’entreprenariat. Aussi, il a exhorté les participants à engager des échanges constructifs dans une perspective de consolidation et de durabilité des actions entreprises. Par ailleurs, Moussa Maïga a exprimé la volonté du gouvernement à accompagner et poursuivre cette initiative, cela en collaboration avec tous les acteurs et intervenants nationaux et internationaux. Avant d’annoncer la fin du projet prévue pour décembre 2017.

« Nous avons déjà négocié une petite extension de la phase I, jusqu’au maximum 2018. Donc, on ne va pas vous quitter tout de suite », a rétorqué un des partenaires financiers. Par ailleurs, une deuxième phase du projet est en préparation. Et M. Maïga de préciser : « Il s’agit pour nous de saisir cette occasion pour renouveler notre intérêt à pouvoir bénéficier de la deuxième phase du projet CARI au regard de son impact sur la filière riz au Burkina ».

Le riz est considéré comme créateur de chaine de valeur. A ce titre, il devrait être présenté à la semaine verte à Berlin afin de mieux exposer à l’opinion publique allemande les efforts qui sont faits dans la filière et les succès obtenus, a déclaré le représentant de la République fédérale d’Allemagne, Joerg Meyer.

En rappel, le rêve de CARI est d’impacter 122 000 producteurs à l’horizon 2017. Pour le Burkina Faso, il vise à améliorer la base alimentaire et les revenus de 12 000 producteurs de riz dont 30% de femmes, et les intégrer dans des modèles d’affaires durables et compétitifs qui conduisent à une augmentation de la production et une amélioration de la qualité du paddy.

Aïssata Laure G. Sidibé
Lefaso.net

Please visit the following link for the full publication: : http://lefaso.net/spip.php?article74173&id_document=64173#documents_portfolio

GIZ is looking for an ADVISOR ON RICE VALUE CHAIN DEVELOPMENT for the Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) in Nigeria.

On behalf of the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Gmbh is implementing the Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) with the aim to significantly improve the livelihoods of rice farmers in selected African countries by increasing the competitiveness of domestic rice supply to meet increasing regional demand.

Your responsibility is to support and supervise the design, implementation and monitoring of projects to support small scale farmers in cooperation with the private and the public sector and civil society organisations. You will be part of a professional team of value chain advisers of the Competitive African Rice Initiative (www.cari-project.org) .  You will work in the context of international cooperation with other African and expatriate staff. You will work with a focus on Nigerian operation but linking up and sharing experiences with colleagues from Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Tanzania.

You will be responsible for supporting the implementation of project activities in Nigeria for training/capacity building activities, business skills development, design of financial service, improved linkages along the value chain, collaboration amongst actors, improved marketing of rice products and contribute to policy advocacy and give strategic advice.

You bring leadership support and management skills to the team. You have experiences in the promotion of agricultural value chains and a proven record of your advisory skills in projects cooperating with the private sector. You like to work in a dynamic environment, are able to adjust to changing conditions and provide guidance by developing concepts and you support, advice and allocate resources according to plans and opportunities in line with the objectives of the project.

You have a background in agriculture, private sector development or economics. You gathered at least 5 years of experience of which at least three years in a comparable position. Previous GIZ experience is an asset.

Full details are found in the job description under http://www.jobberman.com/job/490250/value-chain-adviser-deutsche-gesellschaft-fuer-internationale-zusammenarbeit-giz-gmbh-in-abuja/

Please send in your application to hr-nigeria@giz.de

GIZ is looking for an advisor on value chain development for the Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) in Ghana

Your responsibility is to support and supervise the design, implementation and monitoring of projects to support small scale farmers in cooperation with the private and the public sector and civil society organisations. You will support a professional team of value chain advisers from partner organisations and serve as link between two GIZ supported programms, the Green Innovations Centre for Agriculture and Food Sector and the Competitive African Rice Initiative (www.cari-project.org) . You will work in the context of international cooperation with other African and expatriate staff. You will work with a focus on Ghanaian operation but linking up and sharing experiences with colleagues from Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Tanzania.

You will be responsible for supporting the implementation of the project in Ghana for training/capacity building activities, business skills development, design of financial service, improved linkages along the value chain, collaboration amongst actors, improved marketing of rice products and contribute to policy advocacy and give strategic advice.

You bring leadership support and management skills to the team. You have experiences in the promotion of agricultural value chains and a proven record of your advisory skills in projects cooperating with the private sector. You like to work in a dynamic environment, are able to adjust to changing conditions and provide guidance by developing concepts and you support, advice and allocate resources according to plans and opportunities in line with the objectives of the project.

You have a background in agriculture, private sector development or economics. You gathered at least 5 years of experience of which at least three years in a comparable position. Previous GIZ experience is an asset.

Please send in your application to hr-ghana@giz.de

Please use the following link to see the full job description. Full job description

CARI conducted a contract farming training for millers in Nigeria on the 26-28th of October

contract-farming

CARI in collaboration with Green innovation Centers has conducted a 2nd training on contract farming for rice millers in Nigeria. With the growing demand for locally produced paddy for quality milled rice, CARI has identified the need for millers to build and strengthen contract farming and out grower relationships with local paddy producers / small holder farmers. This ensures adequate quality as well as continuous supply of paddy for a sustainable rice value chain in Nigeria.

The training was targeted to managers of rice mills and other actors in rice value chain. The aim was to build capacities around contract farming skills. The training focused on; introduction of contract farming as an inclusive business model, initiating, planning, implementing and monitoring a successful contract farming scheme, and an overview of the Nigeria Commodity Exchange.

The participants expressed their satisfaction for the knowledge acquired by supporting their interest with an individual action plan for implementing the lessons learnt from the contract farming scheme.